Correcting Assumptions the US are Thought to have of Arab Countries

Negation is used to correct assumptions held by the US on countries in the Middle East, especially Arab countries.

  • (80) The attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the continued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile [[not]] only to America and Western countries, but also to human rights.
  • (81) Islam is [[not]] part of the problem in combating violent extremism - it is an important part of promoting peace.

Reinforcement of His Personal Commitment and Personal Story as Exemplary and Positioning of the US Government

Finally, Obama makes use of negation to reinforce his personal commitment to his

new policy and to make reference to his personal experience as a guarantee of his

position towards the Arab World.

  • (82) No system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other. That does [[not]] lessen my commitment, however, to governments that reflect the will of the people.
  • (83) Much has been made of the fact that an African-American with the name Barack Hussein Obama could be elected President. But my personal story is [[not]] so unique.
  • (84) You must maintain your power through consent, [[not]] coercion; you must respect the rights of minorities, and participate with a spirit of tolerance and compromise.
  • (85) Just as Israel’s right to exist cannot be denied, neither can Palestine’s.

The United States does [[not]] accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements.

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